Last week it was reported that UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, may be fighting Ricardo Lamas for the Featherweight championship on Super Bowl weekend at UFC 169. Aldo, however, does not seem very fond of that fight based on the news from today.
Aldo, the featherweight kingpin, was set to fight current Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, back at UFC 163 before Pettis had to pull out of the fight due to injury. Aldo instead beat Chan Sung Jung and Pettis went on to win the Lightweight title at UFC 164 over Benson Henderson.
After winning the Lightweight title, Pettis called out Aldo in the post fight interview saying they had ‘unfinished business’. At that point, it seemed like the UFC would put on the champion vs champion battle, but they had other plans.
Former Strikeforce Lightweight champion, Josh Thomson, coming off a TKO victory over Nate Diaz, was given a title shot against Pettis at UFC on FOX 9. Then, last week it seemed likely that Aldo would fight Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169.
Today, Aldo commented on his hopes to fight Anthony Pettis at Lightweight for the title (via BloodyElbow):
‘I want it at lightweight,” Aldo recently said in regards to a potential fight with Pettis. “That’s where his belt resides, so I can steal it. It would be better for me since I already have a belt of my own. My belt is already up on the wall at my home.’
Will Aldo move up to Lightweight to fight Pettis? Will he stop fighting at Featherweight and relinquish his title? I guess we will have to wait and see the outcome of the Pettis vs Thomson title fight in December.